All hands on deck to turn the city’s port blue

SUPPORT Brittany Ferries staff, left to right, Mick Rapley, Denise Morandet, Pierre Le Bear, Abbie Sanger, James Massey, John Harrison with front, Tim Smith.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121152-1)
SUPPORT Brittany Ferries staff, left to right, Mick Rapley, Denise Morandet, Pierre Le Bear, Abbie Sanger, James Massey, John Harrison with front, Tim Smith. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121152-1)

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STAFF will trade in their regular duties to wash cars as part of our blue bonanza.

Workers at Brittany Ferries, based at Portsmouth International Port, will polish and shine cars to help raise money for Blue Day 12, on April 20.

They will also wear blue in the office and at the terminals of the port for the event, which raises money for local charity the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

And to further boost the amount raised for the cause, donations will be collected in buckets.

Nick Rapley, the firm’s terminal and freight supervisor, said: ‘We’ve not done Blue Day before so we’re really looking forward to taking part in it this year.

‘Lots of people have volunteered to take part in the car wash, we’re just hoping for some sunny weather. But even if it is raining we’ll still do it.

‘It’s great to get a break from the norm and the fact it’s for a charity that’s close to home makes it very important to all of us.’

There will also be an Easter egg raffle and a blue cake sale held within the office.

Nick added: ‘There’s a surprisingly high standard of bakers within the office so it does get quite heated.

‘They all get a bit competitive with each other but all the cakes taste good so it’s worthwhile.’

This is the sixth Blue Day and as before, all proceedings go to the trust which is run by Tom’s family.

It was set up by his mum Adele, dad Clinton, and sister Emma shortly after Tom’s death at his Southsea home in 2004 from bone cancer osteosarcoma.

The Prince family now works tirelessly towards a £1m target for research into the rare form of cancer, and has raised £664,000 to date – £174,000 of which has come from previous Blue Days.

Emma said: ‘It’s encouraging that so many people have signed up already and it’s brilliant to know that people are still keen to support us after all these years.

‘Blue Day is the biggest event of the year for us and the best opportunity we have to reach a new audience so we really like it when we see new people join.

‘But it’s equally exciting to see the same names register that have done since we started the trust – it’s touching to see they’re still on board. We’d encourage everyone who has already registered to pass the message onto their friends and family and get them to organise something too.’

Anyone who wants to take part in Blue Day but is unsure how to can go along to the Big Blue Do, at the Wedgewood Rooms, Albert Road.

The gig will see live performances from the likes of Kojak’s Revenge and The Phantom on April 18. Tickets are £6 in advance. See wedgewood-rooms.co.uk

· To find out more about Blue Day and to download a poster check out our Blue Day section